Imaginary Apparatus: New York City And Its Mediated Representation by Mclain ClutterImaginary Apparatus: New York City And Its Mediated Representation by Mclain Clutter

Imaginary Apparatus: New York City And Its Mediated Representation

byMclain Clutter

Book & Toy | September 15, 2015

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the John Lindsay administration in New York City created innovative policies to try to draw on-location media production to the city. At the same time, the New York City Planning Commission was producing a wealth of documents that clearly reflect the influence of various media depictions of New York. Imaginary Apparatus reveals the links between those two efforts, showing how they fed each other. As more and more films and TV shows were shot on location in New York, mediated images of the city and its buildings proliferated—and those same images exerted a powerful influence on the imaginations of the planners who were generating ideas for New York’s future development. Included with thisbook is a DVD featuring the movie What Is the City but the People?, the film version of the 1969 "Plan for New York City" and a unique document that has never before been publicly available.       

A groundbreaking exploration of a key moment in New York history, Imaginary Apparatus reveals fascinating hidden linkages between representations of the city and the actual built environment.
 McLain Clutter is an architect and assistant professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.    
Title:Imaginary Apparatus: New York City And Its Mediated RepresentationFormat:Book & ToyDimensions:200 pages, 9.5 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Park BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3906027856

ISBN - 13:9783906027852

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Table of Contents


Part 1: The Apparatus

Part 2: The City







Editorial Reviews

 “Imaginary Apparatus is a tightly argued, concise study but its implications are far-reaching, and these include its resonances for the field of film and media studies as it seeks to be as openly interdisciplinary as possible. . . . Clutter’s volume holds equal interest for film and media scholars, insofar as he demonstrates how much other disciplines look to moving-image study for inspiration and thereby how those disciplines imagine what cinema scholars, at their most capacious reaches, are doing.”